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More fun for me (tendon damage too)

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
So I just saw the doc and it looks like there was some tendon damage that wasn't diagnosed yet. My anterior tibialis muscle's tendon doesn't seem to be attached to the top of my foot (this is the muscle responsible for dorsiflexion). I have an MRI scheduled for Wednesday to see what's going on.

I've also been scheduled for PT (finally) to try to work through my range of motion problems and build strength. The swelling is still pretty bad every day.

Here are some shots of my healing thus far. The doc said that the calcification in the fracture areas looks great (good healing so far).
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post #2 of 13
Damn those are some prudy pictures.;-) Expensive but prudy. Heal good.
post #3 of 13
Sending more and more good healing vibes your way!
post #4 of 13
Hope the MRI has some good news, and the tendon damage is minimal. Thanks for posting the pictures aswell. Its interesting to see how everything was put back together with screws and a plate.
post #5 of 13
Dont take this the wrong way, I am not doctor, I am just curious to know, how come the "joints" are so far apart? I mean since they went in there and screwed you back together couldnt those pieces be joined better with no gaps and with better alignement?
post #6 of 13
it's probably like mine. they go for alignment of the ends of the bones. The rest will heal up..

I didn't read all of the reconstruction notes from his earlier info but if they didn't have to open up the skin or flaps, then they go for minimal invasion. My femur rod only left one medium incision on the knee, 2 smallish holes on the side of the knee and 2 near the hip. Rod removal left a few more very small holes for scoping the scar tissue but very few large incisions.

DC
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
dchan's got it right exactly. The rod is just "nailed" down into the tibia from an incision through the knee in an effort to be minimally invasive. Though in my second surgery they did end up having to open up my lower leg to fix the malrotation problem.

Supposedly bones go through a remodeling process and kind of straighten out on their own. In a year the bone should look fairly straight.

After my first surgery they thought that my injured leg would end up shorter. If anything it now seems to be longer (after the second surgery).

I'm walking fairly well now, but I can't walk fast. I almost have no limp, but I run out of gas fast. I can also go down stairs again - that was the toughest task so far. The hold up with further progress is my inability to dorsiflex my foot. Hopefully it will all be figured out in the next week or so. Unfortunately my MRI was delayed until next Wednesday.
post #8 of 13
Noodler,
It's good to hear you are progressing so well. One question about your tibialis anterior problem. Are you sure that it's a tendon rupture and not foot drop (nerve damage) since they are very different animals? Can you extend your big toe? Any loss of sensation on the top of your foot? I was just curious. Keep healing well.
post #9 of 13
I haven't been around much and missed this. You're having an MRI on the 21st? I hope that it's something that can be easily fixed without much of a setback. You deserve some good news.

Your bones look really good! How is the ankle healing, and when can you ditch that huge nail?

Let us know the results when you find out what the story is. We're all pulling for you.
post #10 of 13
Noodler-
Sorry I missed you this past weekend as I came through Denver. But I never heard back from you re: my PM's to you.

What cool color xrays! I only got the B/W ones... I'm SOOOOOOO jealous! hahaha

Glad to hear all is progressing with the rehab! Look forward to hearing more.....


Regards, Ric
post #11 of 13
Hey Noodler.........wassup? Got good news for us?
post #12 of 13
Noodler, we had hoped to see you in Vail yesterday... how are you? Let us know how things are going when you can...? :
post #13 of 13
Noodler posts good stuff, anyone heard from him?
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